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A survey last year found that 94% of educators believe the COVID-19 pandemic increased the need to teach digital skills. Yet only 39% of educators believe digital skills are taught well in schools. 

Which digital skills are essential for digital literacy? And in an era when most kids have been clicking and swiping at devices almost since birth, which digital skills actually need to be taught in the classroom? In our new white paper, The Truth about Digital Literacy, we propose a clear definition of digital literacy:

The ability to safely use, understand, communicate and create with technology, media and digital resources in real-world situations. 

Take a deeper dive into the five essential kinds of skills that comprise digital literacy: knowing how to use devices, creating with tools and apps, being a good digital citizen, leveraging the power of the internet, and understanding coding and computational thinking. Plus, get concrete examples of how students can demonstrate proficiency in each of these areas. 

With a shared understanding of the concept, we aim to advance the conversation around digital literacy that’s essential to students’ future success, while also ensuring digital equity in schools.

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